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Policy Adviser – Low Carbon Heat New-Build

Job summary

£29759 - £34087
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
17 March 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Policy Adviser – Low Carbon Heat New-Build within the Heating Planning based in Edinburgh or Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

In April 2019, the First Minister recognised a 'global climate emergency' and, following the passage of the Climate Change Bill, Scotland will now be required to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with an interim reduction of 75% required by 2030, and 90% by 2040.

Decarbonising the supply of heat to all of Scotland's buildings is one of the major challenges in responding to this. The 2019 Programme for Government commits the Scottish Government to making sure that new homes and buildings across Scotland are built to meet the challenge of the climate emergency, combining the action we need to take on climate change with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes.

The PFG outlines how the Scottish Government will work with stakeholders to develop regulations to ensure that new homes from 2024 must use renewable or low carbon heat, with a similar ambition to phase in renewable and low carbon heating systems for new non domestic buildings consented from 2024. These regulations will be developed through working with the construction, property and commercial development sectors to identify and support good practice to inform the development of standards to achieve this.

The PFG also commits to the Scottish public sector leading in addressing the climate emergency through the development of a new Net Zero Carbon Standard for new public buildings and accelerating efforts to use 100% renewable electricity on the Scottish public estate.

This post forms part of the Heat Planning & Delivery Team within the Heat Demand & Carbon Markets Unit, which is based across Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The objective of the Heat Planning & Delivery Team is to deliver policies and programmes which reduce demand for heat, and which support the planning and deployment of renewable and low carbon heat supply, taking account of local circumstances. This is to be achieved through the development of regulations and standards for low carbon heat in new buildings (which this post will support the Unit's B3 Senior Policy Adviser lead), and is supported by the team's wider work on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies to guide the delivery of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme and the Scottish Government's wider programmes for heat decarbonisation.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with confidence and ability to communicate effectively with: Ministers, senior officials, external stakeholders, including in UK Government.
2. Proven ability to analyse and use evidence from a range of sources to develop, implement and review policy.
3. Excellent organisational and planning skills with experience of development and delivery of policies or initiatives using appropriate PPM techniques, whilst also having the ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines.
4. Technical expertise and research knowledge of the construction sector, specifically including heat decarbonisation and energy performance of buildings.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Yvonne Brown who can be reached at yvonne.brown@gov.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Emma Crawford on 0131 244 5656 or via recriutment@gov.scot.

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